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PHS/SPCA Caring for Pets Following San Bruno Gas Explosion

Officer Chris Wilson with Sharpie

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 12:00 noon

PHS/SPCA is still offering temporary shelter, pet food and supplies for pets belonging to San Bruno residents following last Thursday's gas line explosion.  Since Thursday, more than two dozen pets were brought to PHS/SPCA's 12 Airport Blvd. location for shelter. More than half have already been returned to owners who were able to secure pet-friendly housing.

In addition…

  • PHS/SPCA is distributing free pet food, leashes and dog beds to San Bruno residents at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center and at the 12 Airport Blvd. location. Thanks to generous individuals and to Pet Food Express, we no longer need donated pet food.
  • PHS/SPCA staff had been making daily visits to evacuated homes (with owners' permission) through Tuesday (9/14) to make sure pets had food and water.  We’ve confirmed that owners are back in every home we had been visiting. There have been no reports of pets left behind or trapped in homes without food or water.
  • PHS/SPCA Animal Rescue & Control staff arrived on scene within 20 minutes of the explosion. Since the early stages of the disaster, PHS/SPCA staff or Emergency/Disaster Volunteer team members have been at the Veterans Memorial Rec Center assisting pet owners.
  • To date, just two animals -- both dogs -- were found stray in the impacted area, and PHS/SPCA has made contact with owners in both cases.
  • PHS/SPCA has received no reports of injured pets and 20 reports for lost pets/ pets still unaccounted for; most are outdoor cats who likely fled the neighborhood at the time of the explosion.
  • People who've lost pets or found stray pets are asked to visit PHS/SPCA between 11 am and 7 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am to 6 pm on weekends.
  • The shelter is still collecting monetary donations.
  • For pets requiring immediate veterinary care, the emergency veterinary clinic closest to San Bruno is located in San Mateo at 227 North Amphlett Blvd. The phone number is 650/348-2575.

Humane Officers at scene



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